A Day of Remembrance 2015: events and information

Fri, 06/11/2015

This year’s Remembrance Day Services are being held throughout the City of Westminster, with services being held on Saturday 7 November 2015, Sunday 8 November 2015 and Wednesday 11 November 2015.

Wherever you are in the City, there will be a service near you where you can pay your respects to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Events will primarily be located at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, and will consist of a parade of Armed Forces veterans, civic dignitaries and religious officials followed by a service and a minute’s silence.

Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Christabel Flight, said “Today we stand united to remember the courageous men and women who have served our country, defended our freedoms, and kept us safe. We remember all those who have fallen, and those who have risked their lives to protect us. By remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we can help to ensure future generations never forget.”

The key remembrance events across the borough this year are as follows:

Cenotaph Wreath Laying – War Widows

Location: The Cenotaph, Whitehall   
Date: Saturday 7 September 2015 (11.30am – 1.30pm)

The War Widows Wreath Laying Service will congregate at King Charles Street from noon onwards, with the march off starting at approximately 12.15pm. The march will proceed along Whitehall, from King Charles Street to the Cenotaph, where a Service of Remembrance will be held at 12.30pm finishing at approximately 1pm. The march will then parade back to King Charles Street at the end of the service and disperse.  Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Flight will be representing the Council at the event, and there will be associated road closures.

The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance

Location: The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Date: Saturday 7th November (2pm – 9pm)

The Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7 November, the day before Remembrance Sunday. The Festival commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts, and Lord Mayor Cllr Flight will be representing the council at the festival.

There are two performances, a matinee at 2pm and an evening performance at 7pm, the latter attended by the Royal Family. This year's programme includes special guest artists, Rod Stewart, Pixie Lott, Andrea Bocelli and Gregory Porter performing alongside the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Queen's Colour Squadron, the Band of HM Royal Marines, and the Band and Pipes of the Brigade of Gurkhas.  Highlights of the performance are broadcast on BBC TV (BBC One at 9pm) and radio (BBC Radio 2 at 8pm).

Annual Service of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

Location: Westminster Abbey
Date: Sunday 8 November (commences at 10.30am)

A remembrance service of commemoration and thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 8 of November at Westminster Abbey. Lord Mayor Cllr Flight will be representing the council at the service.

Annual Act of Remembrance – HM Queen Elizabeth

Location: The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Date: Sunday 8 November 2015 (11am – 12 noon)

The Annual Act of Remembrance attended by HM Queen Elizabeth will take place at the Cenotaph on Sunday 8th November at 11am. A two minute silence will be marked by the Kings Troop firing their canons, after which The British Legion Service will then follow the Act of Remembrance. The service will conclude at 12 noon.

Entry points for the public are Parliament Street, Parliament Square, Whitehall Place, and Whitehall. Our advice is to be inside before 10am, as the best spots for the public tend to be full by 9am. Please allow extra time to queue up and pass through the airport style security arches, and please do not bring large bags, tripods, seats, or large commercial cameras as this will lead to admission being denied. There will be associated road closures.

Annual Wreath Laying by the Western Front Association

Location: The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015 (10.30am – 11.30am)

The Annual Wreath Laying by the Western Front Association will take place at the Cenotaph on Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 10.30am.  The parade will form in King Charles Street at 10.30am, and will move out to the Cenotaph.  The ceremony is scheduled to end at 11.30am with the parade returning from the Cenotaph, back to Kings Charles Street. There will be associated road closures.

Silence in the Square 2015

Location: Trafalgar Square
Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2015 - 10am to 11:45am

The Greater London Authority has asked the public to come and join a two minute silence for Remembrance Day in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 11 November at 11am. Silence in the Square, offers a collective way to make the silence, and there will be music before the event to enhance the occasion. Afterwards, you can join a symbolic act of remembrance by putting poppy petals in the Trafalgar Square fountains.

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